The Nats like to accuse their critics of “the politics of envy”, so in the spirit of fair play I think it’s fair to characterise their raison d’être as “the politics of greed”. It’s all about the money, making more money, and never mind the consequences or those left behind in the rat-race.
So it’s kinda funny when they accuse anyone of being “greedy”.
Finance Minister Bill English says some employers are “greedy” and not paying staff what they could be.
Well yes. Obviously.
His comments come amidst calls for the minimum wage to be increased by $5, as recommended in a report by the Family Centre Social Policy Research. It found $18.40 was necessary as a nationwide figure for a ‘living wage’, as opposed to the current minimum wage of $13.50.
Mr English says living on the minimum wage is tough, and conceded that there are families living in poverty in New Zealand.
“Conceded” it? As well he might, given that poverty seems to be our only growth industry these days.
However, he says the Government cannot force businesses to pay them more.
Actually, they can, it’s called the minimum wage.
Speaking on RadioLIVE, Mr English says “lots of people on low incomes aren’t getting enough income from the market.”
So the market isn’t working? Gracious – this is a day of revelations for Bill.
OK, I could go on and on, it’s shooting fish in a barrel. Bottom line, Twenty Dollar Bill has zero credibility for delivering a homily on greed. English made himself the poster boy for greed, with his dodgy accommodation allowance maneuvers, and his special plea for an extra $20 week to pay for cleaning his large house. Hey Bill – you know those greedy bosses? They’re just following your example. Are you going to do anything about it?